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Hi all, I've been playing in bands as an amateur since I was at school over 40 years ago. Guitar in rock and blues bands, mandolin in a folk rock band, fiddle in a ceilidh band and 5 string banjo in an old time combo. I've played for English morris, Lancashire clog dancing and an Appalachian clog dancing (which I also dance, hence the nick name).
So why am I here on a harmonica forum? Several years ago I started getting stiffness and pain in my fingers and left shoulder and have since been diagnosed with arthritis. In December 2014 it became too difficult to play my stringed instruments and packed them away for the last time. In an attempt to get over my loss I started walking, building computers, photography, but I really miss playing music.
Last week I went out into the garage to find a gadget I had in one of my tool boxes and spotted a small red plastic sleeve that contained a harmonica, I don't know who it belongs to or how it got there, but I cleaned it up and had a blow on it. I suddenly realised that I don't need to use my fingers and it's not too heavy for my shoulders, so I started to look on the internet for tutorials. So, as from today I play the harmonica; it's a Hohner Bandmaster in C with a bit of rust on it, a few dents and it tastes awful. I did a bit of research in the web and on the recommendation of a couple of guys who could play I've ordered a Hohner Special 20, it must be the cheapest instrument I've ever bought.
I've just learnt to play a scale on the middle 4 holes
Thanks Andy! That's great, if you do run across the tabs I certainly would appreciate it.
Here, here, Mister Reed!
Although we many long standing fine members of the old guard HC forum and site were told in advance change is gonna come - Well, I can say without fear of reprisal we just didn't think it'd be this drastic, huh?!
Many nay most all of us found a place of camaraderie and friendship - which has lasted through several years and then some. From Dr Professor J_B to Mojo to PB and others to numerous to mention - We were if nothing else passionate about visiting and catching up with what's what and who's who in the forum and on the Home Page vids.
For me and no doubt many others, the Harmonica Club site itself was one of the best, if not the best of its kind ever done. To simply erase the rich history it provided in all of the e-Harmonica Universe with simply a push of a button and/or a few keystrokes - And/or being able to find a way to integrate it into this new-fangled site building as it were -- All the fine vids, all the great free lessons, all the harmonica and other topics, all the posts and answers, and they're just all poof gone outta here?! Kind of takes the wind out of the harp and sucks the soul right out of ya!
I don't know man, I just don't know.
I find a good one is St Louis Blues. There are some bends in it if you can do that.
I've lost the tab but will work it out again soon.
Some inspiration: youtu.be/tbzyQ6wjgdY
And an example:
I tabbed from Gus's version.
It's very basic but you can really get a bluesy feel after only a few plays.
As a member I try to give information as comes off the top of my head, I don't research
answers, or peruse other sites for my answers. I do my best to relay the knowledge as it
pertains to the question from what I have gleaned from years of playing. There are others
however who go above and beyond my meager efforts, researching other sites, videos, or
any means to bring the information asked for, and I applaud these individuals. I was asked
years ago by "The Great One" here at the HC if I could produce tabs for the site. I, like so
many(everyone?) else used tabs early in my development but had moved on to more advanced
techniques that I had no idea then, or now, how to tab. I tried, the sheer volume of explanation
involved in getting my tabs to fruition was ultimately (for me) overwhelming. I could not for
example accurately tab a growl, or monkey swing, or tongue slap, (still don't).
But there are those who did this work without fanfare, John Broecher, for his exemplary work
as our resident "Historian", Knud, who would painstakingly TAB tunes for those who were
stymied in their attempts to find help elsewhere. I myself, in my anal retentive way followed
Knuds tabs and Mr. Johns instructions toward scalar and modal playing, both these cats deserve
to be recognized for their inspired work that is/was extremely helpful, and to my ears spot on
Please! Don't throw away and/or get rid off all the history and how much fun we all had from the Harmonica Club since its inception many years ago! To throw away any of a decade's or so of work from a genius forecaster as Seamus has shown everyone to be in the Harmonica Universe as a whole - To loose any of the magnificent wonderful videos/lessons/conversations et al. not to mention the sheer input and impact HC over lo these many years had on the global Harmonic Universe as a whole would be! Sure, there are many enough of us here who want/will communicate with newbies. But still, we of course always want to maintain/hold the many deep threads woven and life-time friendships/camaraderie already established through the HC and beyond!
Please! Our greatest beloved treasure and HC harmonica historian who ever graced our pages for all these many years of pleasure and most entertaining information - Dr John_Broeker lives! Please keep his memories and all he contributed alive!
Change and progress may be good in some things. But in HC - one of the greatest places on Earth for many years to be a part of and in - maybe not so much now!, eh?!
Am just saying, huh?!
I've only been trying to blow a harp for a couple of weeks now and I know just enough to be dangerous....and not in a good way...lol But it seems to get better every day. This has been on my bucket list for years and am finally in a position to be able to do something about it. I'm glad that I found this site where I can learn from y'all and hopefully not feel too dumb when I ask dumb questions.
I am certainly looking forward to watching y'alls videos and listening to what you have to say and will certainly appreciate any advice and words of wisdom y'all might care to offer.
Since so many of you have abilities on the harmonica that go way above mine. What would you suggest is a good beginners blues song or scale to practice. I sure would appreciate your help. I have gone on the web to look around but I felt this would be my best 1st stop.
LOL... I was hoping someone might tell me this was a good idea
In my humble opinion that would be a bad idea; not only in terms of work for yourself James, but also it would essentially divide the traffic of users between the two sites. Some users may have time for two such sites, but in general that scenario would be doing a disservice to both.
There's always going to be some dissent when something people are used to is changed through necessity, but in time they will get used to those changes and hopefully learn to like it just as much.
Hi Gav nice to see your name on the members list and welcome to the new club.I have been trying to get on for ages as there are quite a tunes that i hope to enter when i can get someone to show me.Regards Eric33.
Good catch. Will fix it when I get home
Last week I bought this beauty, a Hohner Mellow Tone by Toots Thielemans. Really a jewel to see and hear
Welcome.20 songs since January is quite an achievement. Keep it up.
As a new member, I was reading a lot on the site today and noticed that there is a typo on the Home page which needs a quick correction. This is the first line we see:
Welcome to HarmoinicaClub.com
Hope this is useful.
Hi All, new member from Des Moines, IA. Glad to be part of the club, looking forward to learning much. Newbie to the harp, started in January, know about 20 simple songs, newest one learned to day - Yellow Submarine. Looking forward to getting into the blues...